Obama's new approach to deficit reduction to include spending on entitlements
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President Barack Obama will lay out a new approach to reducing the nation's soaring debt, proposing reductions in spending on entitlements such as Medicare and Medicaid and renewing his call for tax increases on the rich. More
Obama to take on Paul Ryan on health costs
President Barack Obama is promising to lay out his long-awaited ideas on how to restrain Medicare and Medicaid spending— just in time to take the spotlight away from Paul Ryan. More
Republicans dodge downside of Medicaid plan
Republicans talk a lot about how Medicaid block grants could help governors bring down their costs, but they don't talk as much about what, exactly, the states would do with them. It's not that they have no answers. Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi has said he'd like to provide home-based care for children with special medical needs, rather than resort to more expensive hospital care, but federal rules get in the way. More
Heart-rending stories flavor debate
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Rep. Paul Ryan has vowed to slash Medicaid in his 2012 budget proposal, the administration strategists explained, and they wanted to have a powerful response ready, complete with poignant stories of Americans who might lose their health coverage under the Republican plan. More
Arizona plan to cut Medicaid rolls headed to court
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek Share
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's plan to help balance the state's budget by providing government-paid health care to fewer lower-income residents is headed to court. A lawyer for one of several liberal-oriented public interest law firms preparing to challenge Brewer's plan said their lawsuit will be filed soon, probably with the Arizona Supreme Court. More
Group says Medicaid block grants would hurt Nevada
Stephens Washington Bureau via Las Vegas Review-Journal Share
A health care advocacy group sounded a warning for Nevada, saying a plan to convert Medicaid into state block grants would lead to $6.9 billion in cuts to the Silver State over the next decade. More
Study: GOP Medicaid plan would cost Florida $32 billion
The GOP is proposing big changes in the way Medicaid and Medicare work, and a new study says Florida's low-income seniors and children would bear the brunt of those savings. The Republican 10 year budget plan aims to reduce federal spending by trillions of dollars. More
NCSL database tracks state Health care reform activities
The National Conference of State Legislatures has launched the first of its kind database to track the actions of state legislatures related to some of the major provisions in the Affordable Care Act. More
Poll: Most Americans have unfavorable view of healthcare quality
The Hill Share
More than half of Americans believe the quality of U.S. health care is average at best, a new poll finds. Fifty-five percent gave health care quality a C or D grade on a typical report card scale, and 11 percent said the system completely flunks out, according to a survey from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More
Health plan performance standards open for comment
HealthLeaders Media Share
Utilization Review Accreditation Commission, an independent health care accreditation and education organization, has opened a call for public comment on the performance measures proposed to be added to its accreditation standards for health plans. More
Farzad Mostashari will lead ONC
Government Health IT Share
Farzad Mostashari has been named the National Coordinator for Health IT, stepping into the role at a critical juncture in the adoption of electronic health records and the meaningful use program. He has been the deputy national coordinator for programs and policy at the ONC. More
Expersts: California health care providers equipped to form ACOs
California Healthline Share
Experts say that California health care providers are well-equipped to adjust to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, newly proposed rules governing the creation of accountable care organizations, the San Francisco Business Times reports. More
Free webinar: Medicaid eligibility changes in PPACA by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, noon-1 p.m. EST April 14
State Health Access Reform Evaluation Share
The webinar, which offers lessons for states, will discuss the eligibility changes states face under the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid provisions. These provisions, which ultimately expand Medicaid eligibility to millions of people previously ineligible, pose key implementation challenges for state Medicaid programs. Click here to register.
Event: Register now for MHPA's Center for Best Practices' First Annual Awards Forum in Washington, D.C.
Register now the MHPA Center for Best Practices First Annual Awards Forum on May 18. The event at the Academy for Educational Development, 1825 Connecticut Ave., Washington, D.C. is a one-day event of industry CEOs, CFOs, CMOs and other key personnel who will discuss and honor health plans for implementing innovative best practices, which have improved the health of Medicaid enrollees through high-quality care. The event will feature MSNBC Political Analyst Karen Finney as keynote luncheon speaker, presenters sharing their best practice methods, an awards ceremony and a sponsor expo. To register or sponsor, please click here or contact Thanh Buscarini at 202.857.5728 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event: Insuring the under and uninsured: The Health Plan Forum on Medicaid Expansion & Health Benefit Exchanges, San Francisco
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Reaching, Servicing, and Retaining the New Enrollee Population
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Event: 19th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress, May 18-20, Baltimore
MHPA colleagues receive discounted rates.
Medicaid Managed Care organizations are facing their toughest challenges yet with the onset of health care reform and the rise in newly approved eligibles. Attend the 19th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress, and hear from President & CEO, Thomas L. Johnson as well as over 40 of the nation's top Medicaid Managed Care government officials and health plan executives as they discuss strategies to help health plans overcome their most pressing needs while improving quality and controlling costs. Our distinguished speaking faculty includes:
• Keynote: Richard Gilfillan, MD, acting Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
• Thomas L. Johnson, president & CEO, Medicaid Health Plans of America
• Edwina Rogers, executive director, Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative
• Philip Bonaparte, MD, chief medical officer, Horizon NJ Health
• Kevin Hayden, president, State Sponsored Business Division, WellPoint and Vice-Chair, MHPA Board of Directors
• Charlotte MacBeth, MBA, MHA, JD, president & CEO, MDwise
As a MHPA member, receive 25 percent off the standard registration rate with priority code XP1626MHPAN. Register online, by calling 888.670.8200, or e-mailing email@example.com. Be sure to mention priority code XP1626MHPAN to receive the discount. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore.
Event: Save the date - Medicaid Health Plans of America's 2011 annual meeting on Nov. 7-8, Washington, D.C.
MHPA's Annual Meeting will be held at Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. This year's lineup of distinguished speakers includes Donna E. Shalala, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and current president of the University of Miami, and Donna Brazile, renowned political advisor and media commentator. Also for your entertainment, The Capitol Steps, an American political satire troupe, will be performing. Stay tuned for more details as they develop.
Employment: ValueOptions job opportunity - Vice President, Medicaid sales and business development
ValueOptions, a managed care company that specializes in management for all behavioral health issues, and mental health and chemical dependency diagnoses, seeks a Vice President, Medicaid sales and business development. For a complete position description, click here. Submit applications to Katie Haddock at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 18. If you have any questions, please call Katie at 480.242.0442.
MHPA Center for Best Practices kicks off 'Keeping You Healthy' Video Series
Each month the Medicaid Health Plans of America Center for Best Practices "Keeping You Healthy" Video Series will feature a Medicaid health plan best practice that has affected the lives of the people they serve. Its first installment is the "Lose to Win Type II Diabetes and Obesity Education Program" by Keystone Mercy Health Plan. Click here to view the video on YouTube. More
Banner advertising available with MHPA NewsBriefs
Now you can ensure that your message gets out to the Medicaid managed care industry. For rate information, contact James Debois for opportunities 469.420.2618 or email at email@example.com